Posted: 15/02/2015 at 21:40
There was a big elder tree growing at the bottom of our garden. It was best part of 20' high and shaded our neighbours garden for most of the day and our own in the late afternoon. I decided to do the neighbourly thing and chop it down. Not too much of a problem chopping the branches off as elder is pretty soft wood. I even cut off about the top 6 - 8' of the main trunk without problem. By this level the trunk was about 8" in diameter and more difficult to cut through. I finally managed to cut it about 90% through when it decided to commit suicide and fell over my shoulder! I was standing on a ladder at the time and although it missed most of me, it smacked my calf on the way down. That smarted a bit I can tell you, and I've got a beautiful bruise for my troubles.
The moral of the story - keep the **** thing from growing that high in the first place.